We found this place as a side trip from our visit to the 1st Monday Trade Days in Canton, TX. This was only about 10-15 minutes from where we were so it was very close. We expected to see a building made of salt. It turned out that there was much more to it than just that.
This is a museum dedicated to salt. It sounds pretty simple but the interesting part is that Grand Saline sits on top of a huge underground mountain of salt. It is estimated to be 16,000 to 20,000 feet deep. This is larger than Mt Everest.
Thanks to a friendly lady that let us in just as it was closing, we got to see the inside of the museum. She provided us with a lot of facts and history of salt.
You might just know the salt that comes from this huge salt dome. It is on every pretzel you eat, rock salt for your water softener, and in your salt shaker for your food. This is largely because of the purity of this salt.
There is an abundance of history about salt and the local mining operations within this small building.
There are also several displays of products both past and current. Like many people we never gave salt much thought other than putting it on our food. We would never have thought that it came from a small town in Texas. I lived near the ocean and have seen the evaporation fields but never knew of this salt dome.
The Morton Salt plant is about a mile down the road from the Salt Palace.They used to do tours before 1963. They no longer give tours of the mine because it is an active mine and OSHA will not let anyone down there but workers.
Overall, this was a very interesting place to visit. We learned a lot about an everyday item that we use. If you are ever in the area it’s well worth the visit.
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